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Visit Every Park Challenge

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With 161 parks in Ann Arbor's parks system, we are thinking you may not have been to all of them. But what if we challenged you to get out and see how many parks you can get to in 2021? 

We invite you to embark on a Visit Every Park Challenge! Get outdoors, explore and discover a new park space you've never been to before and track your journey.   

Take our VEP guide​ with you​. In our list and for our challenge, we define a park property as land that is owned, operated and maintained by your Parks department.  People may not know that the Farmers Market or golf courses are part of the parks department but they are and they are maintained and managed by parks staff.  Regardless of how you define a park, we encourage you to get out and see all that the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation department offers to inspire community, recreation and environmental stewardship through our diverse collection of park owned properties.  And of course we don't have a monopoly on parks as the University of Michigan and Washtenaw County parks add to the park opportunities available in our town.  ​

Volunteer park auditors wanted. We are working on a project to improve individual park webistes so that park goers can more easily find and know how to access or enjoy each park. If you are interested in adding a service project to your park adventure, check out Independent Volunteer Opportunities for details on volunteer audits. 

2021 Park Walks

This twist to the VEP program was inspired by the 2020 participants. We know you are looking for places to walk and explore. Starting in February, each week we will featured a hosted walk. Explore on your own or join us for the specific days and times below when we have a walk host to welcome you and point you in the right direction.  Visit Every Park swag will be available to inspire your journey and motivate you to get out and enjoy nature more in 2021! Be sure to tag us in your pictures using hashtag #a2parkwalks

If you have feedback to offer, complete a survey​

Upcoming hosted walk events 

Mary Beth Doyle ParkSunday April 25 --10:00-11:00 a.m. (trail details

Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy a peaceful stroll through Mary Beth Doyle Park, where the forest blooms in a tableau of wildflowers. Drop in from 10 – 11 a.m., and you'll be greeted by a naturalist from NAP, ready to share information and recommendations to enrich your self-guided walk. You'll head into the park knowing what to look for—AND how to find it yourself! Family-friendly! Look for a NAP staffer near the parking lot off Packard Road, across from Easy Street (map). Remember to dress for the weather and unpaved paths and bring water if desired. Please wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart from others outside your household.

​Stay tuned for featured riverwalks we will be hosting in May! 

​Park Walks to explore on your own


Visit www.a2gov.org/A2parkwalks​​ for walking tips and more details!







2020 Featured Parks of the Week 

Learn about the features of some of our parks and complete an optional activity challenge we hosted this past summer!

June 12

June 26

July 10

July 24

August 7

August 21

Know Before You Go!

Use this page for a complete list of Ann Arbor parks along with addresses and additional park information.  A printed map (slightly outdated) is available by contacting us at [email protected] or 734-794-6445. 

Tracking Your Progress

Keep track of your progress with the checklist and let us know how you’re doing! Tag us on Facebook (facebook.com/give365program) or Instagram (@give365). Win prizes by visiting 25, 50, 75, 100, and 150 parks and contact us to receive your prize: email [email protected] or call 734-794-6445. 

  • Practicing Social Distancing and COVID Guidelines
  • Do NOT gather in groups on the trail.
  • Keep SIX FEET between you and others.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes if you have them.
  • Go around people and step off the trail until they pass.
  • Keep up to date with amenity​ and facility openings by visiting www.a2gov.org/COVID19parks

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Volunteer Opportunities

If you see a park space that you think could use some love and attention or you are interested in volunteering, there are many ways to get involved with our park system!  

To volunteer for a parks, playgrounds, facilities, and general outreach opportunities visit the GIVE 365 webpage. 

Adopt-A-Park is a sub program of GIVE and is perfect for long term volunteering and an avenue for special projects. Contact [email protected] or call 734-794-6445.

To get involved in the Natural Areas, land surveys, stewardship, or controlled burns, visit the Natural Area Preservation webpage.

See something? Report a Problem 

From abandoned bicycles to graffiti to excess litter, report a problem with a park to A2 Fix It: https://www.a2gov.org/services/pages/report-a-problem.aspx  

A2 Fix It is also available on your mobile device through the Apple App  or Google Play store, and can be used to report:

  • Potholes
  • Missed cart pickups 
  • Crosswalk issues
  • Snow/ice on roads or  sidewalks
  • Graffiti on public property
  • Dead or dying street trees
  • Street light outages
  • Traffic signal/sign problems  

A2 Fix It allows users to upload a photo with each request, as a visual reference to help staff quickly locate the problem. It is also helpful for requests to be as detailed as possible.  

Please call 9-1-1 for police/fire assistance, crimes in progress or life threatening emergencies.   



 

​1519 Fuller Road
734-794-6445
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